NYS boss released on bond after a month in custody
National Youth Service director-general Richard Ndubai has been released from remand where he spent 32 days.
Mr Ndubai, 64, became the 16th accused person to secure his freedom after stringent bond terms set by the court last week. He was charged with fraud in relation to the Sh469 million loss at the agency.
Other than Mr Ndubai, seven more suspects had been freed by Wednesday.
They include businessman Peter Kimani, former Director of Administration at the Ministry of Youth Affairs Michael Ojiambo, and Rodgers Nzioka, former head of procurement at the Mechanical Transport Branch at the NYS.
Others are Wellington Lubira, a former aActing Director of Finance at NYS, Sammy Mbugua, a former Head of Accounts at the Ministry of Youth and Gender Affairs, Kenneth Mburu Mwathi and Peter Muritu.
Lucy Wambui Ngirita, who was charged alongside her daughters Ann Wambere, Phyllis Njeri, son Jerimiah Gichini and daughter in-law Catherine Wanjiku Mwai was also in the process of being released. Mrs Ngirita had paid Sh1 million cash bail and a relative provided surety for her.
Those who had earlier been released include suspended Youth Affairs PS Lillian Omollo, former NYS acting director-general Sammy Muchuki, Treasury internal auditors Peter Muthomi and Stephen Muchai Riungu, and Don Mwaniki Kariungi.
Meanwhile, Kenya Bureau of Standards managing director James Ongwae’s lawyers were going through verification to try and secure his release.
Mr Ongwae and other senior officials at Kebs have denied charges of attempted murder, abuse of office and breach of public trust. He was ordered to deposit bond of Sh15 million, sureties of Sh8 million and cash bail of Sh4 million, in the two cases.
Last week, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to ensure that bail and sureties presented were not proceeds of crime, necessitating the scrutiny.